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Augustine and the Cure of Souls: Revising a Classical Ideal (ND Christianity & Judaism Anitqui) Paperback – November 15, 2009

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"Highly recommended" --Choice

"Paul Kolbet has written a study which will be of the greatest value to all who seek a better understanding of the shaping and operation of Augustine's remarkable intellect."--The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

"a highly readable study... It is certainly a book to recommend to students of Augustine and to would-be catechists or preachers."--Journal of Theological Studies

"What Kolbet shows us here is how one especially talented and influential Christian teacher, who took very seriously the claim of Christianity to be true philosophy, adapted philosophical practices to serve Christian ends."--Augustinian Studies

"Augustine and the Cure of Souls is a great read for anyone." --The Thomist

"Kolbet's illuminating and original study bridges a wealth of diverse Augustinian themes through the lens of rhetoric." --Theological Studies

"In Augustine and the Cure of Souls, Paul R. Kolbet . . . reminds us how deeply Augustine was shaped by the ancient world's rhetorical tradition and shows how he both drew upon it and upended it in his long career of preaching Christ. . . . Because Kolbet's concern is historical, we should not expect his Augustine to answer all of our questions. But as Kolbet has shown, Augustine has much more to say to us today than we might think. Augustine held that the best way to understand him was to observe his ministry in action, and by patiently doing so, Kolbet has done today's ministers a great service." --Christian Century


"By placing Augustine in his historical and personal context, the link between his thinking and actual life is made and his sermons are situated in the cultural, philosophical, theological and liturgical context of that period. . . . This study is a new and promising step in the very recent and blooming study of Augustine's sermons." --Louvain Journal of Theology and Canon Law


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"In this insightful and lucid study Kolbet leads his readers across the boundaries of ancient philosophy, psychology, rhetoric, and theology. He examines the ancient practice of the 'cure of the soul' and charts its Christian appropriation by Augustine. The volume offers its own medicinal promise--the reordering of our contemporary understanding of early Christianity and its complex association with classical culture." -- John Peter Kenney, St. Michael's College

"For someone who does not know Augustine well this book will be an excellent introduction to his thought from an absolutely crucial viewpoint. Augustine's preaching, teaching, and attempts to reach the minds and hearts of his congregation have been largely overlooked. This book has the great virtue of demonstrating why these were important." -- Carol Harrison, Durham University

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